13 Tales of Illusory Blog Tour Stop #3

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Character Interviews W/ Travis
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Hey! Welcome to the next stop of the “The 13: Tales of Illusory” blog tour! Are you, by any chance, looking for a creepy read, with a classic Night Gallery sort of feel? This might just be what you’re looking for.

Tag Line: Can you survive all 13?

Back cover blurb: 13 enchanted horrors. 13 spine-chilling tales. Down, down in the depths they fell, bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 13?

So to help commemorate the new book, Travis has gotten the opportunity to interview one of the many characters found within the 13 short tales… No character pic this time…but in all fairness, I think I might have forgotten to ask about that.


In all honesty, Travis can’t remember how he’d gotten underwater. Nor can he figure out why he hasn’t drowned (then come back, then drowned again, over and over) by now. He knows that he has an interview to do, though. As a few small fish pass him, he looks around. And that is when his gaze settles upon…


DUDE. Is that a carnival?! He swims toward it, his overly-long red hair streaming behind him. And after a while, he stopped. To his surprise, he hasn’t died yet. He can breathe a little more easily than he’d have thought. Furthermore, he recalls the exact reason he’s here.


“Hey…I’m looking for an ‘Azrika’?!” he calls. “I was looking to interrog– INTERVIEW you…Yeah, yeah, interview. I swear it’s an interview.”


“I am Azrika. Welcome!” He steps from the booth at the entrance of the carnival and surveys the monkey critically.


The monkey-human hybrid thinks a bit on his first question, tail twitching. He’s accustomed to odd looks from those outside of his hometown.  “SO…first off, do you and your people stay underwater all the time, or can you go on land? Kinda curious about that.”


“I am a pixie. We inhabit the world in many places. My particular tribe prefers the water. We only go on land if we must. When that happens, it’s usually not pretty. We are mischief makers.”


He keeps this in mind. Something about that feels like something he’s heard at points, but it’s nice to get some confirmation.


“Next up: how often is it you deal with–okay, this is gonna feel really weird for me, saying this next part–regular-ass mortals?” he asked, pretty sure he didn’t classify as one, himself.


“We only deal with those we invite under the surface. We are particularly fond of children as they make the best pets in the most glorious colors. They also make for pretty tasty meals when they’ve grown. Adults are nuisance. Their reality doesn’t allow for us to exist, and we end up punishing them for this. Admittedly, we get a kick out of it, usually.”


He keeps up his smile, but one of his eyes twitches a little. No, no, he can’t let himself get offended…


“Okay, third question, third question…Do you, like, regret anything? And if so, what? Okay, so I guess that might be two questions instead of one…but let’s count it as one, anyway,” Travis says, rubbing the back of his neck.


“My only regret is that we have involved children. Unlike the pixies of the water, they have a conscience. They always end up turning on us, and we end up fending for ourselves. When we fend for ourselves, it’s a bad place for that human to be in.”


The half-monkey chews on his lower lip for a moment, thinking. He flinches as he bites his lip piercing. “Dammit! Now, wait, where was I? Ah, right! Next one: What do pixies eat? I know, kinda random…but I’m curious.”


“We satisfy ourselves with the underwater flora for the most part. Twice a year we have a celebration in which I choose fish from the schools we’ve created here to sustain us til the next celebration.”


“So…like, what’s with the carnival?” Travis asks after a moment. “Is that just for kids that end up down here, or can anyone go to it?”


He’s eying that roller coaster, and is still really pretty suspicious of Azrika…but doesn’t want to risk pissing off any sort of magical creature too badly. Not without a magic user to help bail him out. It’s taken him a few times, but he did eventually learn that lesson.


“What child can resist a carnival? We only invite children, of course. They do make for the tastiest and most colorful after all.”


He starts thinking of his aunt, and the wreckage she’d cause down here, if she were the one conducting the interview. But thankfully for all, he’s the more personable of the two.


“Still got a few questions left for you, little pixie-dude. Is there anything that scares you at all?”


“I am not afraid of anything. My magic is far and beyond what any human could do to me. My speed and agility belies my age. I have no reason to fear. It is I who controls this whole world.”


Travis then thinks of some of what he’s heard about Fae in general from his sister. “So…is cold iron one of those things that’d, like, hurt people like you?”


“Silly monkey!! Cold iron! Haha. What do you think the carnival is made from? Seaweed?”


His eye twitches again, and he clears his throat.


“Alright, last question…” he says. “Is…is there a cultural reason for, y’know, what you guys do? Like, is it just a tradition carried through thousands and thousands of years, or something?”


“It is just our way. My father and his father before him followed the same path as I, and my legion comes from a long line of water dwellers. We are more than you can see. This whole world is full of pixies, all with their own task to contribute to our society. Without me and my gift of magic, there would be no fish, no sustenance for our way of life.”


Travis takes a few moments to think, before looking to Azrika again. “I know I said that last question was the last question…but this is probably the last question: I should probably get going now. Would I have to exit through the funhouse, or can I just swim off from here? Anyway, thanks for your time.”


In the back of his mind, he considers asking Spencer to set up some protective wards around the house, particularly in the kid’s room. Just in case.

Curious about the Pixie King, and other horrors that inhabit The 13?

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The 13

Title: The 13: Tales of Illusory

Author: Stephanie Ayers

Publication Date: October 4th, 2017

Paperback Price: $10.99

Digital Price: Pre-order $1.99. Will go up to $2.99 on October 4th

Pages: 63


ISBN ebook: 978-1-946382-14-6

ISBN print: 978-1-946382-15-3

About the Author:

A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.


Stephanie Ayers is a published speculative fiction author, full-time world-building ninja, and graphic designer from central Virginia crafting her own story and resisting adulthood at all costs. She mothers her children, two cats, and a pitbull; neglects housework as often as possible; loves her husband; and avoids all things zombies.


Stephanie has been a regular contributor and leader for Bloggy Moms and Just Be Enough and currently writes content for Our Write Side.


Bannerwing Books published her debut novella, Til Death Do Us Part, in 2013, and her work appears in several anthologies and collections, most notably The 13: Tales of Illusory, a collection of her short and scary stories. Her poetry has been published in Ambrosia, in magazines and literary journals.


Her favorite quote is: “The blank page is a canvas on which the writer paints a story.”-Stephanie Ayers

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Azrika told me he couldn’t answer Travis’ last question because he was getting hungry.

    Thank you for having us!

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    • twixie13 says:

      You’re more than welcome! Hunger’s one of those things Travis understands all too well. That being said, he’s also a little more paranoid now, thus confusing his family (and making me grin at his expense).

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